Coronavirus may stay with us forever!

Hamid Merchant

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The recent pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has shown its peak in many countries and now the world is hoping for an end to this pandemic soon. Vaccines are already developed and under clinical trials; the targeted monoclonal antibodies are under development to treat the severely ill patient who cannot benefit immediately from a vaccine and may soon enter the clinical trials. All this sounds very hopeful to believe that the pandemic is to end very soon. Many fear that the mutation of the virus may mean another pandemic is not impossible. Will the lessons learned from this pandemic make the world more prepared and ready to combat the coronaviruses in future? After infecting millions of humans across the world, will coronavirus go away or is it likely to stay with us forever?

Original languageEnglish
Article numberm1790/rr-6
Number of pages1
JournalThe BMJ
Early online date4 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2020


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